: Edited Volumes

The Moral Rights of Animals

Comstock, Gary Lynn (Fellow, 2007-08; Fellow, 2008-09); Engel, Mylan, Jr., ed.

Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 1970

The Moral Rights of Animals by Gary Lynn Comstock (Fellow, 2007-08; 2008-09)

From the publisher's description:

Edited by Mylan Engel Jr. and Gary Lynn Comstock, this book employs different ethical lenses, including classical deontology, libertarianism, commonsense morality, virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and the capabilities approach, to explore the philosophical basis for the strong animal rights view, which holds that animals have moral rights equal in strength to the rights of humans, while also addressing what are undoubtedly the most serious challenges to the strong animal rights stance, including the challenges posed by rights nihilism, the “kind” argument against animal rights, the problem of predation, and the comparative value of lives. In addition, contributors explore the practical import of animal rights both from a social policy standpoint and from the standpoint of personal ethical decisions concerning what to eat and whether to hunt animals.


Subjects: Philosophy; Animal Rights; Morality